Taught course

Infection Biology

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

UK or overseas graduates must have a recognized first degree (Upper Second or above, or equivalent) in a biological or biomedical science. Candidates with a Lower Second may be considered subject to interview performance and academic references.

Students with different academic backgrounds and relevant career experience (eg working in the biotech or pharmaceutical industries) will be considered, keeping in mind the academic potential of the individual. Such students will be accepted onto the course on a discretionary basis at application and interview.

We will also accept intercalating medical students who have demonstrated an interest and aptitude in biomedical sciences. This will be assessed both by interview and the production of a personal statement. Minimal requirement for admission will be satisfactory achievement in years 1-3 of the undergraduate medical programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MRes Infection Biology programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to join the global fight against infectious diseases which threaten humanity.

Infectious disease remains a major cause of human death but the efficacy of antimicrobial interventions continues to decline. The discovery of novel preventative and therapeutic interventions now critically dependent upon a detailed mechanistic understanding of disease processes, their impact upon human pathobiology and the feasibility of therapeutically targeting such mechanisms.

With a view to training a generation of infection biologists equipped with the skills to tackle this global challenge, the MRes in Infection Biology provides outstanding academic and research training in the molecular and cellular basis of host-microbe interactions in health and disease.

You will learn directly from internationally recognised scientists through joint research, thereby securing a sustained interaction with expert mentors for the duration of the course.

The course provides research training in fundamental aspects of infectious diseases, microbial pathogenesis, host interactions, antimicrobial immunity, and antimicrobial therapy. For the talented student this course provides an excellent training prior to registration for a PhD.

This course will equip you with:

  • A detailed theoretical and practical understanding of molecular microbiology and antimicrobial immunology;
  • A thorough understanding of methods for analysing the biological functions and physiological relevance of microbial virulence factors and host responses to pathogenic challenge;
  • A working knowledge of mechanistic approaches to problem-solving in molecular and cellular biomedical science;
  • An understanding of a wide repertoire of cutting edge scientific methods including flow cytometry, single cell technologies, imaging and proteomics;
  • Transferable skills in critical reasoning and reflection, collaborative team working, scientific communication, use of IT/health informatics, innovation in the application of knowledge to practice and logical/systematic approaches to solving problems and making decisions.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of the following:

  • IELTS score of 7.0 (or TOEFL 600/250). This may be relaxed to 6.5 (or TOEFL 577/233) for outstanding candidates but these students would be required to register on one of the University's summer pre-sessional Academic English programmes in The University of Manchester's English Language Teaching Unit before commencing the programme.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 5439